Thursday, 27 December 2012

Spears of Mawdryn Space Marine Druid (Librarian)

Hope everyone has had a good Christmas and whatnot, I'm still feeling the turkey in my lungs...

I've been staying with the missus and her family over the holidays, and whilst everyone's been at work today I've been house-sitting and miniature building / converting.

I brought a chunk of my bitz delivery with me, along with a couple of the smaller bitz boxes I have. This presented the challenge of using what was available to me, which I think often leads to better results as you have to be more creative.

So, first I decided to work on some Mawdryn stuff as I'm short on a few legs for the Imperial Navy Ratings - despite the rather large recent order. Not an oversight, honest, they were out of stock...

As promised previously, the next miniature was to be a Druid of the Spears of Mawdryn. The Chapter, which draws from Romano-British/Arthurian and earlier Iron Age Celtic elements makes extensive use of Druids - or Dwyrydd ("dweir-rith") in the Mawdryn tongue.



Saturday, 22 December 2012

Happy Hogswatch!!


Happy Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, Mithrasmas and of course, Hogswatch. It's that festive time of year again, and I've been lucky to get a few early presents from across the globe - although my apologies to the local postman for worsening your hernia.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A Bit of a Review: Scibor Conversion Bitz

Firstly, you may have noticed the blog has had a slight facelift. Apologies for those that may have suffered while I was messing around with it. Doing the technical stuff on my fiancee's blog has given me a better idea of how to do certain things, so the blog now looks a little closer to how I originally wanted it. I should also add the disclaimer that the choice of flags is in no way meant to be jingoistic, be a call for the revival of the Empire and neither the separation of Newfoundland from Canada &c &c.... Anyhoo, on to the business of the day.

After reeling from the collaborative fluff I put together with Scipio the other day (read my part here, and Scipio's here), I decided to go back to being selfish and looking at some of my own stuff.

After watching British 70s classic, Children of the Stones, and listening to this superb Radio 4 documentary about the show by Stewart Lee, I decided to share a bit of Mawdryn related ramblings.

I've been going on about a colossal order of "bitz" for the past week, some of which includes some excellent parts for my Spears of Mawdryn Space Marines (Druid alert), as well as a major helping of bitz for my fledling Imperial Navy Landing Party... my holidays are well and truly sorted. As these have been dispatched to another address, rather than my current one, I'm eagerly looking forward to unwrapping them like a kid at Christmas. For once, this saying is quite timely.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Collaborative Fluff for 40k

Hellbrooke's 'Last Gasp' Platoon - painted by Colonel Scipio
Some of you may have already seen the superb Penal troops converted by Colonel Scipio, utilising components sculpted by Victoria Lamb. Bearing the name Hellbrooke's 'Last Gasp' Platoon, they hail from the world of St Adelphia's Hope – the setting that is the focus of a collaborative project between myself and the good Colonel.

We decided to put together a couple of fluff overviews for your good selves.

Here at DYHAF, you can read a little of what I've put together about the world of St. Adelphia's Hope, its history, and the more civilian side of things. Whilst over at the Palladian Guard, you can read the superb military overview that Scipio has put together.

As ever, feedback and comments are welcome and appreciated.

I hope you enjoy, and bonus points for getting all my pretentious in-jokes:-

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Out in the far-flung reaches of the Segmentum Obscurus lies a relatively minor planet known as St. Adelphia's Hope...

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Blogs vs Forums

My month of exams is finally over and I can return to the world of the living (after catching up on several weeks worth of sleep). In celebration of this, and as the first birthday of DYHAF is fast approaching (Scipio's is a week before mine so don't forget to send him a card) I thought I'd sit and ponder my year's experience of blogging, and why I find it a much better place for a hobby community than forums. This is of course Fair-and-Balanced Journalism as I am writing on a blog to, predominantly, an audience of other blogggers. In reality, the preference of one or the other is always going to be just that - a preference. But I've got my Victor Meldrew hat on and I fancy a grumble. This is, of course, not a blanket statement of all forums nor all forum members - as I'm sure we're all members of one or another. I probably do come across as a bit of an arse at times, I really don't mean to, I'm generally quite a soft bugger.

So what's my beef with forums?

Before I got into blogging, much of my contact with the wider "hobby" community was through forums. At best, they can provide good discussion, brief and speedy answers and a good little community. Some forums very much offer this, and dissenting voices are in the minority.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

It's Official - Warhammer Total War! (Plus some general waffle)

From this....

I've not really played any Warhammer games since Shadow of the Horned Rat or Dark Omen, and Space Marine never really appealed much for 40k. But as a huge fan of the Total War series, here is the news the I've been waiting for...

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There is essentially going to be a Warhammer: Total War.

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